On Wednesday, the website for the Berlin Polar Bears posted news that they have signed defenseman Shawn Lalonde. Lalonde was a restricted free agent with the Blackhawks.
Berlin is a member of the Deutsche Eishockey League. Forwards Danny Briere and Claude Giroux played for the Polar Bears during the lockout last season.
Lalonde was a third round pick (68th overall) by the Blackhawks in 2008, and spent the last three full seasons in Rockford. He played 204 regular season games for the IceHogs, scoring 13 goals with 57 assists and 278 penalty minutes.